Sue Varma MD, PC, DFAPA

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Practical Optimism is a life-changing program rooted in optimism to help you live fully and joyfully in an imperfect, turbulent world.

Practical Optimism equips you with evidence-based tools and techniques to help you reach your career, financial, fitness, personal, and relationship goals more quickly and sustain momentum toward your future goals, wherever you are on your life path.

Meet Dr. Sue

Practicing physician for over twenty-years.

Dr. Sue Varma is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) Langone Health. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Varma was the first medical director and attending psychiatrist to the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at NYU Langone Health, treating civilians and first-responders in the aftermath of 9/11.
Dr. Varma is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, medical contributor, media advisor and consultant to the major networks and shows. She regularly appears on the Today Show, Nightly News, CBS Mornings, Good Morning America, and is frequently interviewed by Time, Washington Post, NPR and beyond. Dr. Varma is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her ground-breaking efforts in mental health education and advocacy, including a Sharecare Emmy. Her forthcoming book, “Practical Optimism,” is eagerly anticipated worldwide, with translations in several languages.

TV Appearances

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Today Show: How to Make More Friends as an Adult
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Today Show: Benefits of Lazy
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CBS Mornings: Parent Guilt


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Dream, Scheme, Rise & Actualize.

From keynote speeches to corporate wellness talks, virtual conferences to panel discussions and fireside chats, Dr. Varma delivers hopeful, heartfelt and actionable messages for better mental health, and success in work, relationships and personal goals. Dr. Varma’s audiences are unequivocally captivated, inspired, empowered and motivated to become agents of change in their own lives and the communities in which they serve.

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